Events’s OpenLink Holiday Networking event, DEC. 2nd

DON’T MISS OUT…REGISTER TODAY! will be holding it’s second annual Holiday Networking and Charity Event at the downtown Raleigh Sheraton on 12/2/2010. Come to network with local professionals and business owners. Refresh your connections and make new ones while supporting a charitible cause.
Last year the event was attended by over 225 local professionals and business owners. We collected over 425 pound of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This year we have partnered with them again. We are expecting to have more people attend this year as well as collect even more donations for the Food Bank. We are asking attendees to bring at least one non-perishable food item to contribute to the Food Bank which will then be distributed through out the 35 counties that they serve.
Sponsors include:
GoldLink Sponsors
Jason’s Deli
Toni Drapkin – Edward Jones Logo
Storr Office Environments
Raleigh Downtowner Magazine
3 GoldLink Sponsor Tables Left!
SilverLink Sponsors
Triangle Healthy Vending
2 Silver Sponsor spots Left!
Media Sponsors
Connect Marketing and Design (Graphics) One Vision Photography (Photography)
We are still accepting sponsors. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor for this event please contact Christina Blandi-James for more information.

Event Coordination by: Christina Blandi-James with CBJ Promotional Avenues

Are there Hidden Powers of a Corporate Event?

How do you get the most out of any event, let alone a corporate one? What are the goals and strategies you need to PLAN AHEAD in order to maximize it for the ultimate “Business or Social” event?
So many corporations ask these questions and move onto handing over the responsibility to an administrative assistant or a group of people put on a committee with no defined roles, to take care of the details. They never really convey the message and goal of the event, especially if it is a “Goal/Client Schmoozing/Sales” driven event. The higher-ups just want the tasks handled. The admins main responsibilities and priorities are admin work, not necessarily event planning.
So the priority of the event, “The Goal”, gets put on the back burner and various tasks do get handled, but the tasks are sometimes thrown together and it ends up being just a so- so event. Maybe, just maybe the goal is attained and some back-end sales or client acquisition is accomplished. But it could have been done better. You can’t just throw something together and hope for the best, it has to be planned and planned effectively well in advance.
I am sure this resonates with some events where the goal is not always attained to the maximum capacity. So I ask you: Is it effective to not have a precise, goal oriented plan? NO.
How do we go about creating a GOAL oriented event that delivers RESULTS? Hopefully you would call on a professional Event Management company to take care of all the details, like CBJ Promotional Avenues, but if the budget doesn’t allow it, here are some steps you can use to deliver those sought after results.

* Set the Goal and Desired Results. i.e. driving sales, sales incentives, customer appreciation to drive more sales, employee appreciation to drive more sales, product launch, etc.
* Create the Planning Committee with defined roles and tasks.
* Financial
* Logistical & Contracts
* Marketing & Advertising
* Sponsorship if needed to offset costs
* Accommodations/ Transportation/Concierge Services if needed for out-of-town guests
* Attendee
* Staffing/Volunteer
* Day of Event Management
* Post Event Follow Up
* Set the Budget.
* Who to Invite.
* Marketing & Advertising This is the Hidden Power: The Powerful words of Persuasion!
* Registration Process
* Event Logistics
* Attendance
* Actual Event and enjoying it!
* Event Follow Up
This is the overall outline of planning an event. All of these things and more need to happen effectively and having a sequenced time line for the event to be handled seamlessly perfect. When any one of these items are not done in a timely manner, it throws the whole event off the time line and the “panic” effect takes control and everyone “runs around like a chicken with its head cut off!” Also, everyone starts to act like they could be managing the planning better and then it becomes the “Chief” syndrome…”too many chiefs and not enough Indians” Don’t let this happen.
Plan ahead far enough in advance realistically to get the desired goal and results that are needed to convey the message of the company and its goal: clients, sales, incentives, or whatever the outcome must be. When not planned out far enough in advance, that “panic” sets in and a miracle is expected and does not usually happen without the added stress for everyone involved.
So, call Christina Blandi-James at CBJ Promotional Avenues, to PLAN AHEAD and take care of all the details to attract the most attendees, clients, potential clients, etc. !
Christina Blandi-James
CBJ Promotional Avenues, LLC

all rights reserved and copy written by CBJ Promotional Avenues. 2010. Under no circumstances, written permission must be obtained to reproduce.’s After Hours Networking event, Cufflinks, Oct 26th

Join us and network with local professionals and business owners looking to establish new professional and business relationships. Contribute to the recovery of our local economy by networking.
Our guests will enjoy:
* Happy Hour Drink Specials (To be announced)
* Hor d’oeuvre
* Great Conversation
* Effective Networking
* Productive Atmosphere

Man wearing Cufflinks At the end of the evening, ONE man and ONE woman will be awarded a pair of Cufflinks and become our featured members for a month.
(Note: Business attire is strongly recommended for this event, Cufflinks are not required)
Titles of those that have attended this event
Branch Manager
Business Development
Corporate Entrepreneur
Designer & Owner
Financial Advisor
Financial Consultant
Lead Programmer Analyst
Managing Director
President & CEO
Principal Consultant

Quality in BioPharma Conference, Oct. 18th, BTEC Facility at N.C. State. University

Raleigh, October 8, 2010: Microbes it turns out, have a preference for community. During the last 30 years, research has confirmed that many bacteria prefer existing in communities, protected by tough outer coatings known as biofilms.
Biofilms show up in medicine and industry in very bad ways as treatment-resistant infections and process contaminations. Every year, complications from these cost human lives and millions of dollars in medical and manufacturing costs.
The 2nd Annual Quality in Biopharma Conference (Oct. 18, 2010) features a panel presentation on this important topic. The daylong event will be held at BTEC, North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus ( in Raleigh, NC.
Register now! for this local event and benefit from the intellectual exchange. .
Lucia Clontz, Ph.D. of Merck Biomanufacturing Network, RTP Site opens the panel at 3:15 p.m., entitled Contamination Control by Design©: Preventing Biofilms in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. It includes 3 presentations with overviews of the science of biofilms and anti-biofilm technologies, their significance to the pharmaceutical industry, and suggestions on how to develop proactive strategies to prevent and deal with biofilms.
The daylong event also features talks on effective environmental monitoring and contamination control, as well as local case studies and hands-on product demonstrations.
This conference is relevant for anyone involved in microbiology, quality control and quality assurance, as well as engineers and related manufacturing personnel.
Registration for the day conference is $79 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. Online registration is available at:
For more information, please see the conference website at or contact the conference chairperson Stewart Jason directly at (910) 232-5984 or by email at:

Wolrd Habitat for Humanity Day, Oct 4th

Are we all living the life we are meant to live?
Do we all have equal rights in the world in which we live?
Do you know someone who needs our help to live their lives to the fullest possible extent?
Are we meant to help one another make it through our lives by being “raised” in a community?
If you answered yes to any of these, then you understand we are meant to help each other in areas where we can help. Not everyone has a house in which to sleep, eat, and pray peacefully in. This is to raise the awareness of that fact. In the United States we have a lot of luxuries that many in the world envy. We have the right to the American Dream. We should not abuse the fact that we work hard and build together a foundation in which we are proud of. Take a moment and support the efforts to raise the awareness of such groups like this that strive to give to people who need a roof over their heads.
Support and Raise Awareness for World Habitat for Humanity Day and send a donation:, My Carolina Today Interview for OpenLink Networking event, Sept. 16th Secures 12 Sponsors for OpenLink Networking Event, Sept. 16th
Raleigh, NC, September 13, 2010 –’s OpenLink Networking Event date is set for September 16, 2010 between 6-9 pm. and its event partner, Solas Restaurant, in the Glenwood south area, are gearing up for another opportunity that puts the spotlight on “Face to Face” networking and is helping the local United Way chapter to put needed school supplies in the hands of hundreds of students and teachers across the Triangle.
With the help of sponsors, the attendees will not only enjoy the rooftop atmosphere at Solas restaurant, , but network with other local business professionals from a membership base of nearly 10,000 members while helping underprivileged children . At the time of this release, nearly 150 people have registered to attend the event. We encourage those interested in attending and contributing to this cause to visit to register for free. Please bring one school item to the event, ie. backpack, erasers, pencils, paper, etc.
Gold Event Sponsors include:
Storr Office Environment of Raleigh (
Fee Only Planning NC (
Marvin Johnson (
Keith Karczewski (
Carolina Auto Spa, Inc. (
Jewelry Designs by Rebecca, LLC (
Massage Heights (
Thee Design Studio (
Silver Event Sponsor(s) include:
Triangle Food Tours (
David Freeman/ Freeman’s Fitness (
The Leadership Trust (
Toni Drapkin. Edward Jones Investments (
The benefits of sponsoring such an event as OpenLink are numerable. Not only would a business reach its target audience of the professional membership base of Linking Raleigh, NC’s 10,000 members, but that marketing exposure would be passed on by these members and to their networks. Sponsorships Levels for this event start at $100 . For more information about the generous sponsorship levels, please contact Christina Blandi-James at or 919-796-5704.
About is a professional business networking group and media resource serving the Triangle area since 2008. Site features include a professional online networking community, advice from local experts, local job board, events calendar, business directory and free press release submissions. also organizes professional networking events focused on promoting on and offline networking as well as local business growth. Events currently include OpenLink – an open and free to attend networking event sponsored by local businesses, SpeedLink – a speed networking event for the Triangle that is designed to bring efficiency to professional networking, and UpLink – a networking luncheon for small businesses and professionals to hear from local subject matter experts on topics that are critical to understand, and Cufflinks – an after hours networking event designed to bring small businesses and local professionals to aid in building professional relationships.
Media Contact
Greg Hyer
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OpenLink event Interview to be aired Friday, Sept. 10 on My Carolina Today!

See our interview on My Carolina Today! Airing, Friday NBC 17, @ 11 am. Greg Hyer, Founder of and I, are talking about the power of networking and speaking about our upcoming event OpenLink. Sept. 16th, 6-9 pm, Solas restaurant, Rooftop. Interview to be listed and promoted on their website also, at 3 pm Friday. presents OpenLink event at Solas restaurant, Sept 16th

Come and network for FREE with local professionals and business owners while supporting a good cause.
On 9/16/2010 will be hosting the OpenLink Networking Event and School Supplies Drive presented by Solas Restaurant Lounge & Rooftop in downtown Raleigh.
This event is open to all members of this group and their guests. We ask that you do use this page to register for the event and let us know how many guest you are bringing.
We are proud to announce that we have partnered with the United Way of the Greater Triangle for this event.
We ask that you bring one school supply item to this event. All collected school supplies will be given to the United Way of the Greater Triangle to distribute to teachers and students throughout the Triangle. School supply items can include unopened packages of pens, pencils, dry erase markers, filler paper, notebooks, backpacks, etc. For more information about the United Way of the Greater Triangle please visit:
Would you like to partner with by helping sponsor this event?
We are offering two very affordable packages that any small business owner would be crazy not to take advantage the opportunity. Contact me at for all the details.

Lease a Sales Rep hosts new networking group for CEO’s and Executives

The Triangle Catalyst
July 27th, Inaugural Networking Event
This event is for CEO’s who run businesses in the Triangle. As CEO’s our time is extremely valuable, not only in dollar value, but in opportunities lost if we are not focused with our time, energy, and networking efforts. CEO’s want to get to the point, go for the GUSTO! and make connections with like-minded individuals, that know what it is to start, grow and manage a business.
This is what Triangle Catalyst is all about.
This “CEO/Executive Only” event brings together the Biggest. Baddest, Smartest, and well connected CEO’s and executives that want to share with other like-minded people challenges that they may face in their business and get answers through relationship building and networking with peers. At the same time, we will forge new relationships, and serve as a Council of Advisors, to bounce around ideas, and to share success stories. Our Inaugural Triangle Catalyst Event will be the 1st of a series of quarterly events that will be welcomed strategic move for the busy executive.
The best part of these events will be sharing the room with major connectors and listening to other CEO’s and Leaders in their fields providing insight into what will make a difference in our businesses and economy. Big ideas, Big people, Well connected leaders, and Movers and Shakers that make decisions and make things happen will be there.
Come joins us. Don’t miss this opportunity.
This event is exclusive and limited to 50 participants. High level people with deep experiences running major companies will be attending.

You’re Invited:
July 27th, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Johnson Lexus
Test Drives too!
Speaker: Ron Smith of S & A Cherokee
Building a Business in a Challenging

Don’t wait, register TODAY!
About the speaker, Ron Smith, CEO of S&A Cherokee:
Ron Smith has worked in the communications field for more than 30 years. He has served as a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, magazine publisher and editor and public relations counselor.
Ron began his career while in high school by working as a writer for a weekly newspaper. He worked his way through college as an employee of various newspapers and he completed his last two years of college while working at the newspaper full time. As well as, a city editor of a daily North Carolina newspaper for six years before entering the public relations field.
Ron first began in public relations from 1976 working for several advertising and public relations firms until he started S&A Cherokee in 1982.
Ron is a member of the Public Relations Society of America since 1976 having held several positions of leadership in the NC chapter society, as well as, being named NC Public Relations Master.
Host: Gilbert Pagan, CEO, Lease A Sales Rep, Inc.
Event Coordination: Christina Blandi-James, Pres.
CBJ Promotional Avenues

LinkingRaleigh presents Uplink “Social Media Marketing”

The UpLink Professional and Business Networking Luncheon is a networking luncheon opportunity for you to meet other local professionals.
Topic: Social Media Marketing and Business
This is your opportunity to come and hear from professionals of social media marketing. Gain insight, knowledge and inspiration that may help you find a new way to attract new customers and prepare you for the changes ahead.
The panelists will discuss how they use social media marketing in their role, discuss best practices and share insights into what is to come, followed by questions from attendees.
Panelists include:
* James Wong – Marketing Communications Manager at iContact
* Martin Brossman – Owner and Social Media Coach at Martin Brossman and Associates
* Greg Hyer – Founder of
Will you join us for lunch? Register TODAY!
A buffet lunch catered by The Matthews House will be provided.
Event Coordination by:
CBJ Promotional Avenues – Christina Blandi-James